Refuge Junior Naturalist Program
Texas Mid-coast Complex National Wildlife Refuge

Activities and Schedule

Activities for 2015
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Date/Time

 

Activity

Location

June 6
Saturday
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

RJN Activity 1
(Required)

Orientation Meeting
Includes Parents Meeting
Leaders: Jennifer Sanchez, Tom Schneider, and Jen Brown

Activity: Nature Journaling, Leader Jennifer Sanchez

Discovery Center
Brazoria NWR

June 16
Tuesday
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

RJN Activity 2

Activity: Nature Photography
Activity Leaders: Pete and Peggy Romfh

Discovery Center
Brazoria NWR

June 23
Tuesday
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

RJN Activity 3

Sea Turtle Patrol and Simulated Egg Excavation
(Short introduction to Refuge Junior Naturalist Resource Library at Complex Office).
Leader: Shane Kasson and Curtis Jones

Meet: Complex Office, Activity Sargent Beach

July 11
Saturday
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

RJN Activity 4
Field Trip & social event afterwards

Kayaking (Outdoor and kayak skills)
(Parents are encouraged to participate)
Hot dog and marshmallow roast
Leader: Dave Ramsey

Buffalo Camp Bayou

July 14
Tuesday
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

RJN Activity 5

Habitat Management: Using Prescribed Burns
(Fire Basics/Line Construction/Laying Hose)
Leader: Ryan Vice

San Bernard NWR Headquarters

July 28
Tuesday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

RJN Activity 6

Alligator, Duck Banding, Rocket Netting, Live Reptiles and Careers in Conservation
(with Partner Texas Parks & Wildlife)
Leaders: Dave Butler & Marc Ealy

Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area

Date TBD

RJN Activity 7
Field Trip

Two days

Camping at Nueces Delta Preserve, Sea Turtle Hatchling Release, Texas Aquarium?
Leaders: Stephanie Jess and Tom Schneider

Padre Island National Seashore

August
Date to be determined

RJN Activity 8

Field Trip

Houston Zoo
Career program with live animals and tour of zoo

Houston Zoo

August 4
Tuesday
9 a.m - 11 a.m.

RJN Activity 9

Field Trip

Sea Center Texas

August 18
Tuesday
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

RJN Activity 10

Reptiles Study with Live Reptiles / Law Enforcement and All Their Toys
Leaders: Curtis Jones and Joe Ham

San Bernard NWR

September 12
Saturday
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

RJN Activity 11

Introduction to GPS / Invasive Plant Species Mapping
Leader: Thomas Adams

Dow Woods

September 26
Saturday
1 p.m.-3 p.m.

RJN Activity 12

Wildlife Sketching, Duck Habitat and Duck Art
(Junior Duck Stamp Art)
Leaders: Cherie McBride and Jennifer Sanchez

Discovery Center, Brazoria NWR

October 10
Saturday
9 a.m. 11a.m.

RJN Activity 13

Field Trip

Birding
Bird Identification, Habitat Study, Bird Banding,
Migration Mapping, and Bird Games

Leaders: Carol Jones and Kay and Robert Lookingbill

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

October 24
Saturday
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

RJN Activity 14

Habitat Restoration: Cord Grass Planting & Marsh Buggy

Leader: Tom Schneider

San Bernard NWR

October TBD
Sat. & Sunday

RJN Activity 15

Field Trip

Two days

Camping at Quantana Beach
Beach
Walk, Cleanup, and Beach Grass Planting
Leader: James Glover

Quinana Co. Beach Park

November 7
Saturday
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

RJN Activity 16

Interpreting Nature for the Public
(Integrating photos, video, and internet)
Leader:

Discovery Center, Brazoria NWR

November (21)
Date to be determined

RJN Activity 17

Field Trip

Whooping Crane Boat Tour

Matagorda Island

December 5
Saturday
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

RJN Activity 18

Habitat and Resource Mapping (GIS, GPS, Air Photography)

Leader: Sarah McCabe

Discovery Center, Brazoria NWR

December TBD
Sunday
1 p.m.-3 p.m.

RJN Activity 19

Freeport Christmas Bird Count
Bird species counting on the Marsh Buggy
Leader: Tom Schneider

Discovery Center
Brazoria NWR

Dec 26 31

Volunteer
Activity

Discovery Center Holiday Open House
Organizer: Jen Brown

Discovery Center
Brazoria NWR

January 9
Saturday
9 a.m.12 p.m.

RJN Activity 20

Hawk Watch (Hawk Catching and Banding)
Leaders: Kay and Robert Lookingbill

Discovery Center
Brazoria NWR

January 16, 2014
Saturday
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Final Event

Graduation (Meal with Potluck)
Project Presentations

Discovery Center
Brazoria NWR

April 16-17
Sat. / Sun.

Volunteer
Activity

Migration Celebration

San Bernard NWR

 

Additional volunteer opportunities will be scheduled.

Refuge Junior Naturalist Program
Texas Mid-coast Complex National Wildlife Refuge
2547 County Road 316
Brazoria TX 77422-7703
Information: info@juniornaturalist.net
Website: web@juniornaturalist.net
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Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges